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PoliSCI (w/e 16 November 2018)

PoliSCI

Your weekly digest of policy news, funding competitions, and calls for evidence. 16 November 2018 
Compiled by Georgina Hines

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Chemistry Council launches Strategy

Delivering innovation-based growth is at the heart of the Chemistry Council’s new strategy for the chemicals sector, which was launched on Thursday. The new landmark strategy, ‘Sustainable Innovation for a better world’, was developed by the UK Chemistry Council with the significant contributions of SCI and the Chemical Industries Association (CIA).

Jointly chaired by Steve Foots, the Chief Executive of Croda International plc and Business & Industry Minister Richard Harrington, the Chemistry Council launched the strategy at the CIA. Drawing on unique UK strengths in the field of innovation and linking it to the Industrial Strategy, the chemical industry sets out in the strategy a series of proposals to form the basis of an agreement with government on the way forward.

Read the full article here.

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Brexit will not end UK participation in Horizon Europe

Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft EU withdrawal agreement will secure the UK’s participation in the EU’s research programmes, but it will only continue if the UK meets several conditions, including payment ‘equivalent’ to EU grants won by UK researchers until the end of Horizon 2020 if it cannot agree a deal. It is expected that the UK will negotiate for some form of ‘associate country’ status – currently held by Norway, Switzerland and Israel, among others – that will allow the UK to bid for EU research grants but will likely not promise powers to influence the direction of Horizon Europe and future programmes, despite calls from the UK to the contrary.

However, the agreement does not cover what happens after 29 March 2019 – the day the UK leaves the EU – or the end of the UK’s transition period that ends in 2020, including future immigration rules that could impact the movement of skilled workers and researchers to the UK.  The UK government has previously committed to securing an agreement regarding EU research programmes before the start of Horizon Europe in 2021.

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Government announces two-year university degrees

New two-year university courses – known as accelerated degrees – have been announced by Universities Minister Sam Gyimah.  The introduction of accelerated degrees follows a government consultation on how to improve flexibility and choice for students in higher education. These degrees must meet the same quality assurance measures as standard degrees and provide the same qualification; accelerated degrees will fit three years of 30 week’s teaching into two years of 45 weeks. Students who opt for these degrees will save at least 20% in total tuition costs.

‘Accelerated degrees not only make it possible for the next generation of students to access higher education and the undeniable financial, academic and personal benefits it has to offer, but drives the sector to offer dynamic choices that serve students’ needs,’ said Gyimah.

Calls for evidence

Deadline: 27 November 2018


Deadline: 3 December 2018


Deadline: Open – accepting written submissions


Deadline: Open – accepting written submissions

Funding competitions

Deadline: 6 December 2018

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK are offering a share of £2m to UK businesses developing technologies that will accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.


Deadline: 6 December 2018

UK businesses can apply for a share of £16m from The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK for R&D projects to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.


Deadline: 6 December 2018

One high-value project will receive up to £4m from The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK to develop technologies that accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.


Deadline: 12 December 2018

Up to £2m from the ISCF is available for feasibility studies focusing on de-risking the scale-up of battery development technology. Projects must emphasise building UK supply chains.


Deadline: 12 December 2018

A share of £23m from the ISCF is available to UK businesses for R&D projects focusing on de-risking the scale-up of battery development technology. Projects must emphasise building UK supply chains.


Deadline: 19 December 2018

Network Rail and Innovate UK are investing up to £300,000 into the development and demonstration of tools that can automatically plan rail infrastructure.

 

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